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Friday To-Do: Japanther

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JAPANTHER
8 p.m., Low Key Arts, Hot Springs. $5.

Rock music owes a debt to Japan. No, not for that creepy, J-Pop baloney: for the pun-y band names cobbled together from the country: Japancakes, Japandroids — even Little Rock's own San Antokyo took a trip on the pun-wagon. (I'm still waiting for a Foucault-themed band called, you got it, Japanopticon.) But Japanther, despite the name, is a band begotten of American influences all around: late-'70s no-wave from New York, mid-'80s punk from Washington late-'90s dance-punk and '00s Baltimore rap all knotted up together in the two-piece drum and bass outfit's sound. Since revving up its caffeinated, good-times sound in 2001 at The Pratt Institute, the fiercely experimental duo has collaborated with video artists for installations in the Whitney Museum, puppeteers for a marionette reworking of the anti-establishment cult film "Wild in the Streets" and even a synchronized swimming team. This show, incredibly, marks the infamous touring act's first trip to Arkansas. The duo plays with Cold Mold, Hot Springs' abrasive, co-ed skronk-rock twosome. Jason Harrington, AKA Mad Trucker, moonlights as his glitched-out, dubstepping alter-ego DJ Truckula, while local designer/muralist Ch3mex does live art.

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